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Social Security Disability Evaluation

SSDI Benefits For Children

Children are also entitled to receive benefits of their own if they are (a) blind or disabled or (b) the child of a retired, disabled or deceased parent. There are different qualifications for SSI and SSDI benefits, and a child may find more advantages from one benefit program over the other depending on their situation. Adult dependents may also qualify for coverage under these assistance programs. To find out if your child qualifies, contact us today to help you review your coverage options.

Social Security Disability Insurance

SSDI benefits may also be provided to surviving or dependent children of a disabled worker. Benefit amounts are calculated by evaluation the age of the worker, their level of earnings and amount of time they paid taxes while in the workforce.  Disabled children over the age of 18 may also qualify to receive benefits of their own. The SSDI program offers benefits to adults who have a disability that began before the age of 22 years old.

These benefits are paid based off the parent’s contribution to FICA taxes in the workforce and are not offered only on financial need.  For a child to obtain his  benefits based on the parent’s earnings, the parent must have (a) died and paid enough to Social Security while in the workforce or (b) been receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, before the child applied for benefits.

SSDI eligibility standards for children are the same as for an adult. Since the benefits are directly related to one’s prior work history, children applying to receive benefits based on their parent’s earning must be able to show the parent met the eligibility requirements.

In order to qualify for benefits the child must be able to prove

  • Their parents prior work history contributed enough FICA taxes.
  • Their ability to work is hindered by their disability or condition.
  • Their medical condition is sufficient enough to qualify for benefits.

The Lee Law Firm is committed to providing you and your child the high-quality legal representation you need in order get you the most benefits.